The 20th Anniversary Celebration Continues on the Fun Ship: Day 2

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera
What: Carnival Miracle
When: August 13-20, 2016
Why: The 20th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Continues

(Btw, once again, Rich wrote up the day’s report on our iPad, and Kathy inserted the photos for the report.)

We were up around 8 am. Rich went up one deck to the Lido deck to get pastries and coffee for breakfast that we enjoyed on our balcony.

After breakfast, we headed out for a walk around the promenade deck with a lovely view of the water. The sun was still hiding behind thin clouds and the walk was very pleasant.

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At 10 am we were ready for the Sea Day Brunch in the Bacchus Dining Room. We started with their great bread basket and Kathy’s favorite Cappuccino muffin. They brought us fruit plates to tide us over to the main course, Huevos Rancheros. Rich added a side of bacon and a side of corned beef hash that we shared. We had coffee to drink, no Bloody Mary’s today. The meal was delightful.

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After brunch, we stopped back in the cabin for our books which we took to the Alchemy Bar where we found our cozy reading corner.

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Then we ventured to the Serenity Deck, the adults only deck at the aft of the ship where we continued reading while enjoying the drink of the day, Blue Margarita. We had a nice shady spot that was very relaxing.

But we weren’t finished relaxing yet — we headed back to our cabin and sat on our still-shady balcony until the sun finally encroached.

IMG_7275Then it was nap time until dinner.

Tonight was formal night, so we dressed and headed to the dining room at 6:00 pm. We were immediately seated at a table for two by the window overlooking the ocean.

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We each had a glass of Layer Cake Pinot Noir. Kathy had the Shrimp Cocktail appetizer and the Lobster and Shrimp entree. Rich had the Blackened Pork Tenderloin Tart appetizer and the Striped Sea Bass with Lemon Beur Blanc and Sour Dough Potatoes entree. We both had the yummy butter pecan ice cream for dessert.

The service and atmosphere were wonderful at dinner and we are looking forward to returning to the dining room again soon.

After dinner, we headed to the show lounge for the live show, Heart of Soul, where 8 performers danced and sang soul music. It was very entertaining. We watched from our box seats at the side of the stage.

After the show, it was time for a lovely stroll around the promenade deck. This is a special time for walking the promenade — a little humid, a little breezy, the sound of the ocean, and the moon shining. Very romantic.

Then it was time to call it a night and head to our cabin. We caught a glass atrium elevator up to our cabin and happened to get into the elevator with the Cruise Director, Adam. We made it back to the cabin to unwind and eventually drift off to sleep. We were greeted with turn down and a frog towel animal. Ah cruising!

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.